The Barons Best – Through Six

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Through six games the Barons have gone through every facet of the emotional cycle. They began the season with a 7-0 beating by the Texas Stars, they fought the Houston Aeros in a classic nail-biter, they’ve delved out a return beating to the Texas Stars by besting them 10-1, and they’ve played from behind only to come back and push an OT and deep round shootout. This is the type of team, that albeit good, can wear the fragile nerves of fans. Yet to begin the season with a mark of 4-1-0-1 is quite impressive. Defensemen are gaining much needed ground, forward lines are molding into beautiful tapestries of offensive mastery, and both goaltenders are poised enough to give us a chance each and every night. The Barons, through six, are an impressive minor league hockey team.

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Enemy Among Us: Philip Larsen

The new season of minor league hockey play has begun, the fans check the stat lines nightly, and we all prep ourselves for weekend trips to the rink. With each new season, there is a two-fold product unfurled for us on the ice – new faces & familiar vets. Like any good hockey fan, I attend games locally and cheer my team to victory. As one that not only cheers, but actively writes about minor league hockey, I find that viewing and critiquing the enemy is as important as following your own fan persuasions.

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Looking Homely: Barons Home Opener Thoughts

We’ve “experienced” two Barons games this week. Both on the radio, and both polar opposites of each other. Last Sunday, we saw a team get waylaid by a Texas Stars team that sniffed the unsteadiness of both Yann Danis & David LeNeveu who combined to let in 7 goals. The offense was literally non-existent, and the forward lines seemed continually confused. Game two, last night, was a gutsy effort by the Barons against a typically power play good San Antonio Rampage squad. OKC scored early, an abberation compared to last season, and kept San Antonio to a 1 for 7 power play mark. Colten Teubert would score the game winner, but not after another insufferable string of bad penalties that hurt more than helped his team.

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The Barons Intensive Fan Interaction

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I’ve yammered on and on about how a healthy infusion of fan interaction by the Barons players, coaches, and personnel could be a shot in the arm to the organization on a two-fold front.

First, I’ve always believed that humanizing the players we all watch on the ice genuinely connects fans with players. We begin to empathize with their bad nights, and cherish the strong ones. Instead of just a jersey number, a helmet, and a stick, they become real people who have an investment in a job that we all watch closely. In the NBA they don’t struggle with this issue, but in hockey, the shielded face keeps us from seeing a majority of emotional responses. In Oklahoma, where the fan base is still building, the more real or personal the players become the more invested they’ll be.

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